Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

March 2, 2015

“Particle Falls”

Artists: Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga

Logan, Utah – Particle Falls, Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga’s environmental artwork, uses real-time visualization to expose air quality issues that are often ignored. It consists of a waterfall of blue light projected onto a building; the light turns fiery orange or red when there’s particulate pollution in the air. On view at Utah State … Read More

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February 27, 2015

Homestead Act

Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrights his land

Alberta, Canada – To understand why Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrighted the land that he and his wife own, it helps to look with his eyes out the window of the studio he built himself on their remote 800 acres northwest of Grande Prairie. The copyright was a novel legal maneuver to prevent the … Read More

February 20, 2015

“Airway”

Artist: Vicki Scuri

El Paso, Texas – Completed in 2014, the large-scale Airway Aesthetic Improvement Project (Airway) by Vicki Scuri builds upon existing infrastructure to form a gateway to El Paso International Airport and downtown. Airway extends over 2,000 linear feet and consists of 50-foot, functional, illuminated wind turbines with customized radial armatures, low illuminated sculptures, arched planters for … Read More

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February 9, 2015

FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition Winners Announced

Two designs chosen for 2015

New York, N.Y. – For the 2015 cycle of the FIGMENT City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, two winning designs have been announced instead of one. Both designs respond to environmental issues and take cues from organic forms. Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG Studio is grounded in local history, tapping into discussions around … Read More

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February 2, 2015

Urban Foragers

Mobile food and shelter dresses by Nicole Dextras

SLIDE SHOW + VIDEO (2013) – Environmental artist Nicole Dextras works with natural elements to create sculptures and interactive installations, many of which are temporary and endure only in her exquisite photographs. Some of her most impactful work comes in the form of wearable art that provides one with everything needed to survive. These garments … Read More

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January 30, 2015

National Park Service and NEA Offer New Grants

Imagine Your Parks is a government joint venture

Imagine Your Parks is a new arts grant initiative that will provide a total of $1 million to fund art projects that connect people with the park system. This is a joint project that celebrates both the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for … Read More

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January 21, 2015

Cultural Landscapes: Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally

A temporary installation by Ai Weiwei and Bert Benally explores culture and collaboration

VIDEO – New Mexico – In late June, beneath a blanket of stars in remote Coyote Canyon on the Navajo Nation, I stood at the edge of a cliff with a small group and watched as the center of Bert Benally’s sand art piece ignited and sent flames radiating outward to slowly reveal the intricate … Read More

Caitlin Olsen | On Location, Public Art Review

January 5, 2015

Park-Time Work

Three artists talk about their park residencies

FROM THE ARCHIVES 2011 – For public artists, the fact that parks are public spaces may give park residencies a special magnetism. The chance to work in the open, the immediate presence of an audience, the sense of contributing to an important public amenity, all may be elements of the attraction. Still, the effect of … Read More

November 3, 2014

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014

Artist: John Gerrard

Attention gamers, programmers and landscape artists! Lincoln Center, in association with Public Art Fund, recently opened their new digital commission by Irish artist John Gerrard. Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 is a digital simulation of an actual Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert. Displayed on a massive 28 x 24 foot frameless LED wall … Read More

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October 29, 2014

Pollinating Neglected Places

Juan William Chávez aims to help St. Louis reclaim the history and landscape of Pruitt-Igoe

Juan William Chávez, an artist and cultural activist, sees potential in vacant spaces. Since 2010, he’s been exploring the former site of the failed Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1953, the development was riddled with poverty, violence, and segregation until it was eventually demolished in 1972. Over the years, a … Read More

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